Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle, batch #273, one of 1080 bottles for this batch. The pour yields a dark, slightly transparent chestnut brown to mahogany body. A small but well-packed head of smooth khaki foam slowly pushes out towards a thick, pronounced edge with just a swirly center film. A few tall, diagonal flares of lace mark the glass. Aromas are clearly driven by the smoked Bamberg malt, suggesting strongly of beechwood over mildly sweet sassafras, rye bread dough, and well-attenuated brown sugar. Distant wisps of salty pork cracklins are soothed by notes of root beer, dry cocoa, and vanilla, as mild green hops add just a touch of earthen aromatics. Flavors largely follow suit, showing notes of creamed wheat, rye dough, and toasted caramel, with a bold beechwood smoke overtone and spicy-sweet sassafras and molasses. Green, almost grassy hops are stronger than the nose lets on, lending a welcomed balancing bitterness to the back end. Baking cocoa adds a bittersweet component as well. The palate sports a moderate body that drinks fairly easily, peppered with deceptively and increasingly lively, yet fine carbonation. The active effervescence intensifies towards the finish, drying things out, leaving an almost papery, slightly oxidized feel. Overall, it is a fine rauchbier clone. Though it hails from Norway, few things (one obviously being ale yeast) set it apart from its fine Bavarian cousins.
Christian (10368) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a lasting off-white head. Unique aroma of wood fire, with roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. Sweet malty and roasted flavour
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from West Lakeview. Pours a deep mahogany brown with a tannish head. Nose is subtle smoke notes, beechwood and campfire. Some sweet notes as well and bread. On taste, smokey but also a bit metallic. Some like phenol notes. Slight acid tang. Pretty interesting beer, much like a lighter Bamberger style.
joeneugs (2626) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch #273. Bottle. Pours brown with a beige/orange fizzy head. The aroma is smoky wood. Not too overpowering, and definitely no bacon in there. Behind that, there is some dark fruitiness and a bit of soap. The flavor is smoky and malty with a fair bit of brown sugar sweetness. It manages to still feel rather light considering the high alcohol content. Chocolate malts shine through in the finish, providing a nice interplay with the smoke.
Strykzone (4223) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark brown pour that allows only a bit of red highlights to show through. A fluffy tan head that has excellent retention. The aroma is a bit difficult to determine but is faint smoke, hops, and some figs. Throw in some chocolate and you have the flavor profile. That smoke is soggy and just the perfect amount. The hops are subtle, have peppermint aromatics, and make this a much more interesting beer. A decadent feel. Very well done.
Holy (833) - GERMANY - DEC 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
@BBF 2010. Slight smoke with hints of spicy pepper. Full bodied, oily. Very nice.
Kavu (1821) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2010 Pours dark brown with a medium brownish head. Aroma is slightly smoky with roasted malts, spices and ham. Flavor is more focused on the malts and spices. Very nice.
17thfloor (2413) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark chocolate brown, lightly viscous, with a frothy thick light tan somewhat sticky head. Soapy aroma, smoked fish, floral fruity hop notes, sweet smoked glazed ham, dank fire wood, delightful, rich brown sugar glaze, bit of alcohol to tie it all together, so pleasant. At first I wasnít impressed, but as it has warmed a bit it is coming into itís own in a magnificent way, the floral hop note with the light bitterness is a bit odd at first, almost soapy, the attenuation of this really allows some delicate interplay of flavors, smoked fish and wet drift wood, crystal malt and brown sugar, hint of dark chocolate and duck towards the quick finish, leaves a lingering beechwood smoke character in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, watery feeling, larger bubbly carbonation.
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a foamy tan head. Heavy smoke nose on the nose with a hint a dark fruit. Sweet chocolate malt a nice smokiness thatís not too overpowering.Fruity and pleasantly slight tartness in the finish. Smoke hangs around on the palate for awhile. Very nice.
esox (912) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 273, Cosmic Comic Cafe, Turku.
Dark ruby, almost black beer. Averge, somewhat creamy head. Sturdy malt body, smoky ham, some tar, light herbal hoppiness. Liquid bread, a hint of dark fruitiness. Salty touch, pleasant tar-like and slightly plummy finish with soft smokiness. Almost full bodied, oily and thick palate. Nice, traditional smoked beer.